It’s been an epic battle since trucks existed in the US. Especially since the birth of the Chevy Silverado hit the truck scene in 1999. The Ford F-150 and the Chevrolet Silverado have been in direct competition since they first existed at the same time. The truck rivalry has them locked in head to head combat year after year, but who comes out on top? Here are 5 reasons Ford trucks are better than Chevy.
The Ford F-150 Raptor
Before we talk about anything else, we better just get it out of the way that Chevrolet does not have a competitor for the dune-hopper-inspired Ford Raptor. The Raptor is without a doubt one of the best things about Ford trucks and it has been since its debut in 2010. The Ford F-150 Raptor’s off-road capability easily overtakes anything Chevy currently has on the market.
The Raptor starts at $53,205 and if you want to go off-roading, this is one of the best trucks you can buy. It is definitely the most capable off-roader in the Ford lineup. It comes equipped with a high-output version of Ford’s turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque.
Though US News and World Report rates this one a tie, we have to give it to the Ford. A good look at the interior of the Silverado and the Colorado vs the F-150 and the Ranger shows more luxury in the Ford offerings. You can’t deny that the 2020 Limited F-150 trim is almost on par with the luxurious RAM truck interiors that set RAM trucks apart from the pack.
The Limited trim adds a plush touch to a well-designed cabin. The Ranger boasts plush cockpit options as well but it does lack in terms of rear space in the back seat. And you will find some hard plastics here and there. Still, the layout and luxury of Ford truck cabin space are just a little more sophisticated than that found inside the Chevrolet trucks.
A quick average of the Chevy Silverado and Colorado pickup truck base prices shows that Ford is the winner here. The Chevrolet Colorado is one of the lowest priced base trims for midsize pickup trucks with a price of only $20,500. The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado’s base trim level starts at $32,200, which gives us an average truck price of $26,350.
The Ford truck prices on the other hand average out a little lower. A base level Ford Ranger is on the higher end as far as compact truck pricing goes with a starting price of $24,000. But the F-150‘s bargain base model starts at just $28,155, giving us an average price of $26,077. Just a bit under Chevrolet’s final number.
Though Ford’s V6 options still offer plenty of power, they are more efficient than the engine options offers in the Chevy truck lineup. According to US News, Ford truck fuel averaged out at 22 mpg while the Chevrolet truck’s came to 21.5 mpg. Even the heavy-duty diesel fuel economy favors Ford.
Though only by 1 mile per gallon, Ford’s 6.7 liter V8 turbodiesel is more efficient than the Chevrolet’s heavy-duty 6.6 liter V8 turbodiesel. The Ford V8 diesel also produces 5 more horsepower than Chevy’s, according to this chart on Consumer Reports.
Standard safety features
Standard safety features on the Ford trucks include a rearview camera with hitch assist, pedestrian detection, curve control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The Chevrolet trucks, on the other hand, come with basic safety. A rear cam and a teen drivers system are standard for Chevy.
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Ford vs Chevy
This rivalry will probably never die. And the two trucks are really neck and neck. But, for these 5 reasons, Ford trucks beat the Chevrolet lineup. At least for now. The competition keeps things interesting as modern model years are produced with new features.